Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Any accident that injures your neck, back or spine can change your life in an instant, resulting in the need for life-long medical care and assistance. The trauma endured from an severe motorcycle accident can disrupt the fragile neurological system that controls your bodily movements and activities.
If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord or neck injury from a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At the Carabin Shaw Law Firm, we can help you make the fullest physical and financial recovery possible. We represent motorcycle accident victims across the State of Texas.Motorcycle Accidents - Neck and Back Injuries
Motorcyclists often complain of neck or back pain after being involved in an accident. Although their claims may be true, they can only be diagnosed after being referred to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. This specialist will be able to determine if their injuries are minor or if they are more serious such as a spinal cord injury, disc herniation or disc bulge. It is important to receive the appropriate medical care because at times it can be difficult to distinguish between a soft-tissue neck or back injury(which may cause spasms and pain to the cervical, thoracic or lumbar region)and a more serious spinal cord injury (SCI).
Symptoms of Pain from a cervical, thoracic or lumbar disc injury may include:
- Pain that is constant but may vary depending on activity, radiating down the extremities and feeling like hot water
- Numbness or tingling to the hands, feet, fingers or toes
In many cases, these types of victims feel a radiating pain predominately on one side of the body.However, the pain can also be bilateral. See your primary care physician or seek medical care immediately if you have any of these symptoms.Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injuries
It is not uncommon for victims to experience permanent paralysis after a spinal cord injury has occurred in a motorcycle accident. The degree of paralysis often depends on the region of the spine that was injured:
- Quadriplegia: If the spinal cord is damaged in the neck area, all four limbs will be paralyzed
- Paraplegia: If the spinal cord is damaged below the area of the neck, both legs and the abdomen will be paralyzed to some degree
Long-term or even Life-long care and assistance will be needed by anyone who has suffered paralysis from a spinal cord injury. Carabin Shaw will help you get the compensation you deserve so you can afford the medical care you need.Motorcycle Accident Head Injuries
A blow to the head from a motorcycle accident can result in serious, life-long damage to the victim's brain, even if you are wearing a helmet. This type of head trauma could cause the brain to form life-threatening blood clots and may cause a profound effect on your quality of life.
It is imperative that you receive a full medical examination if you or a loved one has suffered a head injury in a motorcycle accident. At the Carabin Shaw Law Firm, we will help you make the fullest possible physical and financial recovery.Closed-Head Injury Symptoms
Many motorcycle accident victims suffer from what is called a "closed head injury." Some of the symptoms of a closed-head injury may include:
- Loss of short-term memory
- Ringing in the ears
- Increasingly aggressive personality
Not all closed-head injuries show immediate or obvious physical symptoms. Head injures are not always visible at the time of the accident. With head injuries, there may be no signs of bruising, swelling, bleeding or tearing of the brain or related membranes. These lack of signs are just one of the reasons why it is so important to receive continual medical care after the initial diagnosis of a brain injury.Obtaining Proper Treatment for Brain Injuries
After a motorcycle accident, an emergency room physician will perform a minimal examination to identify, diagnose, and treat any life-threatening or immediate head injuries. That being said, since injuries to the head and brain are often invisible injuries, they may be undetectable without more extensive examinations.
Closed-head brain injury victims may still have brain-damaging conditions even if an MRI scan is negative which may cause for further neurological testing. If you experience any of the symptoms above, seek medical help immediately and contact a lawyer for advice.